The Balkans are a vibrant scene of world music that are often underrepresented in the global music market. MOST, the Bridge for Balkan music is a holistic project that aims to change that. Focusing on a scope region of 9 countries, and run by a consortium of 9 partners located all around Europe, MOST supports Balkan world musicians, young managers, festivals and music venues. Calls are now open for Balkan music industry people and for venues and festivals from all over Europe!
What Does MOST Offer?
We offer ample opportunities for artists, managers, bookers and festival organizers. All participants receive training and mentoring tailored to their areas of expertise.
What To Know About MOST?
MOST means “bridge” in many Slavic languages. This bridge-building project has one key goal – to better represent the untapped potential of the Balkan world music scene, and to offer an international network to those artists, young managers and festival organizers or club programming directors who are ready to join the global scene. The project is supported by Creative Europe, the cultural framework programme of the European Union. The unprecedented budget of 4 Million Euros has already greatly contributed to the emergence of Balkan world music – 3 artists from the first round were featured at WOMEX 20 and 21, the largest world music expo and showcase in Europe, participants completed training sessions, shot new portfolios and were mentored by the best professionals, and many of them completed traineeships at illustrious world music hubs in Berlin, Budapest, and more.
„The Balkans have various world music artists representing a high quality, but they fail to reach the international stages due to the missing funding programmes, international relations and supportive music infrastructure and competencies” – says András Lelkes Founder and CEO of Hangvető, the leader of the MOST consortium and organizer of the Budapest Ritmo world music showcase festival.
Apply now to MOST Music!
The second call for applications is open between November 10, 2021 and December 12, 2021, which is the deadline for filling in the application form and sending all required materials.
We are currently looking for:
The project’s scope in the Balkan region includes the following countries: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Romania and Bulgaria.
A New Wave of Balkan Music
„MOST wants world music fans to know: there is a new wave of Balkan world music that looks beyond the all so familiar sounds, with refreshing new ways to present the exciting musical heritage the region has to offer’’
– says Balázs Weyer, Head of Music of MOST.
After the first year of the project, even in spite of a COVID-ridden 2020 MOST Music produced a Selection CD in collaboration with Songlines magazine, featuring the first round of participants in the Balkan Music Export pillar and will produce 2 more CDs in the upcoming years. MOST Music represented its participants at WOMEX with great feedback – Oratnitza and the Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo were featured in the 2020 showcase, NAKED from Serbia played at WOMEX 21, while others found a booking agent, got radio play requests, and more. Online training for the Balkan Music Export and Management Training, as well as the Urban Policies pillars have closed with raving success, and young managers have completed traineeships at important European world music hubs such as Piranha Arts or Hangvető.
Please apply between November 10, 2021 and December 12, 2021. Participants will be selected by the consortium’s board of jury members. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of 2021. In the meantime, subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.
Open calls and more information
2023. 02. 17.
We had the great opportunity to experience the cultural richness of South-East Europe during Bozar’s SEE Festival, with a diverse line-up including some of our favourite MOST supported artists: Perija and Divanhana.read more
2023. 02. 14.
We had a truly incredible year at MOST Music and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! We’ve done 5 kick-off meetings and 5 trainings over the four pillars, with 57 sessions.read more
2022. 11. 14.
The Urban Project Hub pillar of MOST Music is a creative project incubator that connects cities and urban spaces with the creative minds making it happen.read more